Our top five gourmet delivery services turning the authentic British takeaway on its head

Words Julia Krupska

For the most part, takeaways are a guilty affair. A result of potent cravings, hectic schedules and candid convenience. But a recent influx in high-quality delivery services has shaken up the capital’s perceptions. Such services are offering nourishing and artisanal meals, curated by exceptional chefs and delivered of the highest standard.

This new era of nutritional integrity confirms that ordering-in doesn’t have to be deemed unhealthy anymore. Have a browse through our top five foodie services that are combating the grease with their fine-tuned cuisine.


Catering for all dietary requirements, Eat First diversifies its menu to include gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and vegan options. With world-class chefs preparing delicious and international recipes from a daily-changing menu, Londoners can embark on a culinary adventure from the comfort of their own home. All meals are cooked fresh from the finest, locally-sourced ingredients and delivered chilled to ensure nutrients and vitamins are still freshly flavoured.



A bespoke service to be reckoned with, Supper delivers sublime meals that are both delicious and low in fat, salt and sugar. Its Michelin-starred and ever-changing menu suits all appetites, making it an effortless choice for maintaining a balanced diet. With aims to replicate fine-dining in the home, dishes are carefully packaged with artistic care to ensure they arrive of the highest, and most delectable, quality. 



Paying homage to a British love for the classic Indian takeaway is Motu. A name derived from the affectionate Hindi term for “Fat Man”. Their indulgent and exceptionally-crafted dishes vary from a less permissive main and side, to a luxurious and mighty “feast box”, each dish redolent of a high-quality and authentic Indian essence. Motu is currently launching in Fulham, Clapham, Chelsea, Wandsworth, Putney and Battersea. So for now, the rest of London will have to patiently wait.



Not quite a takeaway, but certainly a delivery, of sorts. Alternatively dubbed as the future of dining, Eat With brings together a community of local hosts, travellers and diners to offer an eclectic experience for those with a passion for cooking wholesome meals and a penchant for entertaining strangers. An Airbnb for the taste buds – pick a date, choose a cuisine, party number and venue, and prepare to indulge in a compelling evening with like-minded individuals.


Mindful Chef

Mindful Chef aims to democratise gourmet food and propose a sense of convenience to time-stricken individuals. With a certified motto of fridge to fork in less than 30 minutes, there’s no excuse not to be healthy, especially if you’re short of time. Choose from an imaginative list and their team of cooks will deliver the specified ingredients and supporting recipes, thus requiring little-to-no brainpower in compiling your own nourishing meal.



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